I've returned from traveling on the Road to Mandalay, the riverboat operated by Orient Express which travels between Bagan and Mandalay.
Every client onboard has their own guide. Ours was a charming and engaging man named San. My favorite moment was on our first day of touring in Bagan, at sunset. San took us to the tallest temple in the area, we climbed up steep stairs, clinging to the railing, passing monks, children, locals and a few other tourists, until we reached the fourth level up, which was high enough. We then watched as the sun set over the plains of Bagan, which were scattered with over 3000 temples. There were temples of brick and mortar, some crudely made, some ornate and covered with paint and gilt. The sight caught my emotions – it was amazing and breathtaking.
The Road to Mandalay had been on my wish list for years. As part of the Bellini Club of Orient Express, we can arrange this experience together with a pre- and post-cruise stay at the Governor’s Residence in Yangon. Another option is the newest ship on the Ayeyarwady River, the Orcaella, which will be starting next summer.